Dr. David  Lazerson

Special Education & Music Director, pre-kindergarten – 22 years, The Quest Center, Hollywood, Florida

Total years as a classroom teacher: 30


1986 University of Buffalo Ph.D., Educational Research & Evaluation
1977 State University College at Buffalo M.S., Special Education
1975 Rabbinical College of America Bachelor of Divinity
1973 University of Buffalo B.S., American Studies

Teaching Experience

2002-present Grades pre-k -age 22, Special Education, The Quest Center, Hollywood, Florida
2001-2005 University Professor, Florida International University, Miami, Florida
1999-2002 Grades 6-8, Special Education, JFK Middle School, Miami, Florida
1983-1990 Taught experimental science & social studies, Manhattan Day School Special Education Department, Manhattan, New York.
1980-1995 University Instructor & Professor, Division of Special
Education, State University College at Buffalo & Staten Island
College in New York.

Special Recognition

2008 Keynote address to the Annual Pediatric Spinal Cord & Brain Injury Conference held in  Coral Gables, FL
2007 The Charmettes Inc. Leadership & Community Service Award
2007 Arts Teacher of the Year Award, Broward County Public Schools
2007 Distinguished Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Buffalo
2006 Arts Teacher of thee Year Semi-Finalist, Broward County Public Schools
2005 Best Buy National Teacher Award
2004 Special Achievement Award (honoring Project CURE), New York City
1997 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fulfilling the Dream, CBS TV Award
1994 Mother Hale Award for Community Youth Service Award
1993 Governor’s Citation for Outstanding Service, State of New York
1993 Community Service Award, New York State Senate
1993 Peace Site Award for Community Service, Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
1992 Mayor’s Superstars Award, City of New York
1988 Published “Skullcaps ‘N Switchblades, a novel
1981 Teacher of the Year, Buffalo, New York Public Schools
1980 Scouter of the Year, Boy Scouts of America


  • David uses individualized instruction, hands-on materials, and a
    multi-modality approach, along with adaptive technology and the
    motivational power of music in his classroom.
  • He strives to avoid the notion of limitations; he tries to find his
    students’ special abilities and allow them to help in any way they can
    to allow them to rise above their challenges.

“I . find that Dr. Lazerson is an outstanding teacher who goes above
and beyond to meet the needs of our special population. He has a passion
and caring for students that gets results despite the limitations of
our students’ skills.”

Raquel V. Cobb, Principal

“Despite given the task of working with individuals with the most
profound challenges, many non-verbal confined to wheelchairs, Dr. Laz
does not see obstacles-only opportunities. He believes, and more
importantly puts into practice, a sense of worth, beauty and purpose for
every human being.”

Zahava Krevsky, Music Therapy Assistant